Fire Door Inspection & Certification
What is covered during our fire door inspection?
During a fire door inspection our certified Fire Door Inspector’s will inspect each component of the fire door assembly including:
- Door leaf & Door frame
- Glazed apertures
- Intumescent door strip and cold smoke seals
- Locks and levers/handles
- Door closer (self-closing devices)
- Fire safety signage
- Hold open devices
- Gaps around the doors and threshold gaps
- Panic hardware devices for external final fire exit doors
Upon completion of fire door and final fire exit door inspections, a certificate is produced detailing the condition of each door and listing the areas of non-compliance, which creates a database and asset register for future on-going inspections.
The Anatomy of a Fire DoorWhat exactly is a fire door?
Why is it important to maintain a fire door?
Just like any passive or active fire protection system, it is essential for a fire door to perform its vital task in the event of a fire.
As with any similar life-saving product, a fire door should be regularly checked to ensure it functions properly and is ready to use. It is exactly the same as testing the battery of a smoke alarm or having the pressure of a fire extinguisher checked regularly.
Most of the time, a fire door is used like any other door, and is subject to the day-to-day wear and tear of opening and closing as people pass through. The building and the surrounding environment can also change and affect the door. It is important to check if regular use or changes to the surroundings affect it in any way.
Any slight alteration to the door or its surroundings can affect the performance of the door. This can result in a half-hour fire door lasting a lot less.
So, once a fire door has been installed correctly, it needs to be maintained regularly to ensure that everything is in working order.
Periodic checks should be carried out at least once every six months. Newly occupied buildings may require more frequent checks in the first year of use. Where a door is heavily used, it should be checked every three months.
Fire door inspections should be undertaken by competent personnel who are trained to carry out such tasks.